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Flushing old drugs down the toilet is generally not a good idea, unless the label on the drug says to do so. Some communities have programs for special disposal of medicines. Contact your local government’s waste management department about that. This may involve taking the medicines to a specified location. For people without local collection spots or unable to take the old pills there, tossing the medicine in the trash is the best option.
As a responsible member of society, you should take measures to ensure nobody takes and uses the drugs you throw away. One good idea is to empty the pills from their container and mix them with something else to make them less recognizable and appealing as a food for children and animals. Coffee grounds, sour milk, and the like make the pills unpalatable.
The problem with mixing them with peanut butter is that animals find that tasty and may be even more likely to eat the pills if they are in a peanut butter mash. If you can’t mix the pills with something, just scatter them in the trash can. Make sure they are out of the bottle, to make it harder for people to recover them.
Another good idea is to make the labels on the drug container illegible before you throw them out. This reduces the chances of some dumpster diver identifying the nature of the pills and it helps protect your privacy. You don’t need strangers knowing what medicines you take.
NEVER give prescription drugs away to friends and family, even if they seem to have the same condition you have. There is a reason we have a controlled prescription drug system. What is right for you may not be right for someone else, and unless you are a doctor and have examined the other person, you are not in a position to be granting people access to prescription drugs. It is better to throw away your unneeded medicines and encourage the other person to see a doctor to get his or her own prescription.
Are prescription sleeping aids sold on the streets for recreational purposes? Yes. The federal government https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly- abused-drugs-charts lists prescription sedatives as among those available for illicit sales. It lists street names Forget-me Pill, Mexican Valium, R2, Roche, Roofies, Roofinol, Rope, and Rophies as some of the names they go by.